“Global Leaders in Education”
Every child has dreams and every one that loves that child wants to see his or her dreams become reality. Around the block or around the world, The Hanley Harper Group, Inc. is invested in supporting parents and students and the dreams they share. That’s why HHG believes “Education Unites the World.”
As a full-service management company, HHG works with organizations to serve any combination of their charter school’s needs including charter application development, site and facility management, human resource management and recruiting, student recruitment and marketing strategies, curriculum development and assessment, compliance oversight, cafeteria programs and much more.
Hanley Harper Group, Inc.
20542 Harper Avenue
Harper Woods, MI 48225
President and Founder of Hanley Harper Group, Inc.
Beata Chochla is a woman of two worlds joined by education.
Growing up in Poland, Beata Chochla learned the value of a quality education. In her home country, where education, family and church are revered, Beata learned that with the three in balance everything is possible.
Today, she leads a successful education management company, Hanley Harper Group, Inc. (HHG), whose mission, in part, is to establish schools with a quality curriculum based on national and international standards. She founded HHG, Inc. in 2004 along with her first school, Hanley International Academy.
Her keen business sense was honed as the founder of several successful small businesses including a travel agency, specialized home care services and property management company. Beata also served as a paralegal and a multi-lingual translator interpreting documents and coordinating citizenships programs.
Beata believes that the avenue to prosperity and peace, as Poland has demonstrated, is through education and by working in the community, as she does by volunteering often at her church and with local organizations.
Just as she has experienced success through education, first obtaining her degree in Theology and now pursuing her doctorate degree in Human Psychology and Theology at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland, Beata’s objective is to provide educational opportunities to unite students around the world.
Beata did this by opening four charter public schools: the Hanley International Academy (2004), Taylor International Academy (2010), Academy of International Studies (2011), Jefferson International Academy (2013) and Frederick Douglass International Academy (2015).
Compliance and Reporting Director, Hanley Harper Group, Inc.
Sarah J. Peters is the Human Resource Specialist and Compliance and Reporting Director for the Hanley Harper Group, Inc. (HHG). Sarah joined HHG in the Winter of 2013. Having Studied at Wayne State University in English and Psychology, this is her first career within the charter school sector. Sarah is well versed in union contract negotiations and elections and has an extensive background in customer service.
Bookkeeper, Hanley Harper Group, Inc.
Maria Chochla is the bookkeeper for Hanley Harper Group, Inc. (HHG). She began working for HHG in January 2014. Her previous experience consists of bookkeeping functions for facility services. She graduated from University of Economy in Wroclaw, Poland with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in accounting and finance. Maria is a dedicated wife, mother and a grandmother. She loves reading, traveling and friendship.
Technology Specialist, Hanley Harper Group, Inc.
Nicholas Schaible is the on-site, HHG Network and IT Administrator, and began his career with HHG in 2011. Mr. Schabile has been instrumental in ensuring all charter schools managed by HHG are equipped with the appropriate technology, pre-operationally, and continues to offer technology support to all charter schools managed by HHG.
Mr. Schaible has over five years experience working in information technology, assisting all of HHG’s charter schools with any technological needs. He is in charge of deploying all of our schools’ technology into the classrooms – including our world class Promethean Smart Boards and Projectors, laptops, desktops and iPads. His other skills include photography, cinematography, photo and video editing, graphic design, web design and management, and technology repair.
Dr. Elizabeth Herron-Ruff
Principal, Jefferson International Academy
Dr. Elizabeth Ruff is the founding principal of Jefferson International Academy, a Hanley Harper Group public school academy in Waterford, Michigan. Dr. Ruff brings a well-rounded educational background with experience as a classroom teacher, master teacher, administrator, as well as working for an authorizer. In her role with the authorizer, Dr. Ruff was active in the development of curriculum review processes and procedures to assist school leaders with their curriculum implementation. She also reviewed curriculum and educational programs to ensure compliance with contract reporting and all applicable law. Previously, Dr. Ruff served as interim administrator and master teacher at the Life Skills Center of Pontiac, a technology-based charter school serving at-risk high school students. She was also the Principal-Teacher at the Johnnie John Sr. School, Crooked Creek, Alaska, a rural K-12 school.
Dr. Ruff earned her doctorate at Central Michigan University in 2013. Her dissertation, A Case Study Examining the Implementation of a Curricular Innovation in a K-12 School, focused on curricular implementation and the role of the school leader. Dr. Ruff holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on educational technology from the University of Alaska, Southeast, and a master’s degree from The Master’s College. Her bachelor degrees are from the University of Michigan and William Tyndale College. Dr. Ruff is also a certified coach with the Alliance for Building Capacity in Schools (ABCS) Coaching Institute as well as an ARCTIC Ambassador (Alaska Reform in the Classroom with Technology Integration and Collaboration), University of Alaska, Southeast.
Principal, Academy of International Studies
Mrs. Dawn Lynk-Jones is the Principal of the Academy of International Studies. She comes to HHG with three years of leadership experience. Mrs. Lynk-Jones holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts, Master’s in the Art of Teaching, and a Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision. She has over seventeen years of educational experience which includes three years of early developmental instruction, two years of Kindergarten, nine years in first grade, three years in third grade, and one year in fifth grade.
Mrs. Lynk-Jones has served on several curriculum teams, including, school improvement team, mentor program for novice teachers, RTI- reading intervention team, and 504 Coordinator. Mrs. Lynk-Jones has experience implementing various programs, including, positive behavior program for young boys, WSU basketball clinic, and a reader’s theater intervention program supporting struggling readers.
Mrs. Lynk-Jones aligned community partners to enhance AIS’ educational program for our diverse learners. She has partnered with Wayne State University’s Athletic Department to mentor young boys, Bonny Cabbage Program to enhance Michigan’s content material on agricultural production, Princess Ball for young girls to empower and promote self-esteem, and last but not least, Shoes That Fit which donates shoes to disadvantaged children across the community.
Mrs. Lynk-Jones is married with three beautiful children, and is a firm believer that when parents, teachers, and schools work together we can develop, educate, and produce long life learners.
Rashid Faisal, Ed.M
Principal, Frederick Douglass International Academy
Faisal comes to the school with an extraordinary history in education. He served as Project Manager and Achievement Advisor for Pearson School Achievement Services, Inc., where he provided school improvement and leadership consultation to schools in metro-Detroit. Prior to joining Pearson, Faisal served as an elementary and middle school principal where he helped to transform the academic and school climate of schools classified as low performing.
Faisal has received numerous awards and honors, including being named a finalist for Educator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies; Whoʼs Who Among American Colleges and Universities; Kappa Gamma Pi Catholic Honor Society; Golden Key International Honor Society and Educator of the Year by the Alabama A & M Alumni Association and the State of Michigan. His pre-leadership experience also includes ten years as elementary teacher, facilitator of Title I services, reading specialist and dean of young men.
Faisal is a life-long learner, holding two Bachelor Degrees in English and elementary education and Sociology from Madonna University; Masters of Arts in Education and Reading from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Masters of Education in Organizational Leadership and Principalship from Teachers College of Columbia University. He is a certified professional teacher, certified reading specialist and certified principal in New York and Michigan. He also earned a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.